2018 NCAA Tournament Clam Senior Spotlight: Connor Donahue

After winning a National Championship with the Pioneers as a freshman role player, Donahue has since become a consistent member of the high powered Denver offense. An attackman at Bishop Guertin, Donahue was moved to midfield to take advantage of his speed and lacrosse IQ to create a mismatch with opposing teams short stick defense midfielders. The results speak for themselves, as Donahue has produced a very balanced 31 goals and 27 assists over his career.  If it wasn’t for an injury late in his senior season (he is returning from a leg injury for the NCAA Tournament), Donahue would in theory have exceeded his previous career best numbers (26 points:11g,15a in 2017). Even with the injury, Connor averages over a point per game during his four years in Denver.

Connor’s path to the Clams illustrates the many various ways that players find their way to us. In high school, Connor played at a very strong high school program in New Hampshire where the majority of his teammates played for another club. But Connor had developed a strong relationship with one particular player that had preceded him from that same high school, Matt Thistle (a former Clam standout, High Point starter and top scorer, and Boston Cannon). Like Connor, Matt had also played at the same high school, and like Connor, he had to go against the grain in joining the Clams.

Connor had some dialogue with Matt, and Matt said it was worth it. So in 9th grade, Connor made the jump to the Fighting Clams. He never looked back.

Both Connor and Matt have earned a special spot in the inner circle, and the root of this extends all the way back to when they took the tougher path and chose us over the easier option(s). In recent years, Connor has worked with the Clam as a coach, and has had an administrative role in the office in preparation for summer tournaments. As is the case with many Clams, our door will always be open for Connor, and our pride in what he has accomplished, and what he will no doubt continue to accomplish, is simply off the charts.

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